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Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking Tour

Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking Tour - 17 Days

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Your journey starts from Lhasa, beautiful capital city of Tibet, and then goes through Gyantse, Shigatse and the Yamdrok Lake. Continue to the Everest Base Camp to view the grand momentum of the highest peak in the world. The trip highlights 3-day trekking at Mt. Kailash, and the stops are made overnight at the monasteries during the trekking route.

Day 1 Lhasa

airport-hotel transfer in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa

breakfast, lunch
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple
The Potala Palace, which used to be the residence of the Dalai Lama and seat of the Tibetan government, is currently converted into a museum. It is comprised of over 200,000 statues, temples, shrines, and historical Tibetan relics.
The Jokhang Temple, which commemorates the marriage of Tang princess Wencheng to King Songtsen Gampo, earns the reputaiton as the first Buddhist temple in Tibet.

Day 3 Lhasa

breakfast, lunch
Norbulingkha, Sera Monastery
The Norbulingkha is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
The Sera Monastery, one of the three most distinguished monasteries in Lhasa, is famous for its tantric teachings.

Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse (by automobile)

private transfer from Lhasa to Gyantse
breakfast, lunch

Today, take a 2-hour car ride and explore the Ganden Monastery, one of the three greatest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. A visit to Ganden Monastery is incomplete without walking its 1.5-hour long pilgrimage route.

After lunch, you will start to hike from Ganden Monastery (3,900 meters in height) and follow the trail rising to the Drushi Village. During the way, you will reach to the Gandan pasture and Gandan Pass, where is a best point to appreciate an inspiring view of Gandan Monastery. Today’s trekking takes about 3-4 hours to arrive at Drushi Village. Enjoy your dinner in the tranquil village.

Overnight in camp (3,700 meters above sea level)

Yamdruktso Lake, Palkhor Chode Monastery
The Yamdruktso Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, will show you beautiful snow-capped mountains and numerous clear streams.
The Palkhor Chode Monastery enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history. The Kumbum Stupa, also called “the Ten Thousand Buddha Pagodas”, is the most striking architecture in Palkhor Chode Monastery.

Day 5 Gyantse - Shigatse (by automobile)

private transfer from Gyantse to Shigatse
breakfast, lunch
Tashilhunpo Monastery
The Tashilhunpo Monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas and there are nearly 800 lamas in the monastery nowadays.

Day 6 Shigatse - Everest Base Camp (by automobile)

private transfer from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp
breakfast, lunch
Rongbuk Monastery
The Rongbuk Monastery is the world's highest monastery lying at the foot of Mt. Everest. The views of the Everest’s north face from this vantage point are amazing.

Day 7 Everest Base Camp - Saga (by automobile)

private transfer from Everest Base Camp to Saga
breakfast, lunch
Everest Base Camp
Early morning, take a car ride to the Everest Base Camp, where you can enjoy the natural wonder of the highest peak in the world.

Then drive to Saga. On the way, you will go through old Tingri, Shisha Pangma and Pegu Tso Lake.

Day 8 Saga - Lake Manasoraver (by automobile)

private transfer from Saga to Lake Manasoraver
breakfast, lunch

Today's drive will go through Dronk Pa, Bhayang, Chaksel Gang, and finally arrive at Lake Manasoraver.

Day 9 Lake Manasoraver - Darchen (by automobile)

private transfer from Lake Manasoraver to Darchen
breakfast, lunch

Pay a visit to Lake Manasarovara - the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss, which is also the most venerated of all Tibet's many sacred lakes.

Day 10 Darchen - Dira-puk Monastery (20km, 5-6hrs trek)

Breakfast, Lunch

Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery.

Day 11 Dira-puk Monastery - Zutul-puk Monastery (15km, 6-7hrs trek)

Breakfast, Lunch

Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery.

Day 12 Zutul-puk Monastery - Darchen (14km, 4-5hrs trek)

Breakfast, Lunch

Trek from Zutul-puk to Darchen.

Day 13 Darchen

Breakfast, Lunch

Today, drive from Darchen, one day excursion to Tuling Monastery and Guge Kingdom.

Day 14 Darchen - Saga (by automobile)

private transfer from Darchen to Saga
Breakfast, Lunch

Today, drive from Darchen, on the way you will pass Lake Manasavora, Bharyang, Dronk pa and get back to Saga.

Day 15 Saga - Shigatse (by automobile)

private transfer from Saga to Shigatse
breakfast, lunch

Drive from Saga to Shigatse, on the way you will have a view of Ngamring County and Lhatse.

Day 16 Shigatse - Lhasa (by automobile)

private transfer from Shigatse to Lhasa
breakfast, lunch

Today, drive along the Friendship Highway and Yerlung Valley back to Lhasa, and have a good rest in Lhasa.

Day 17 Lhasa

hotel - airport transfer in Lhasa

Service ends.

About Tibet Travel Permits:


1. All foreign travelers are required to have the Tibet Travel Permit (or Tibet Permit, Tibet Entry Permit) in hand before entering Tibet. The Tibet Travel Permit is issued by Tibet Administration to the authorized travel agencies, but not to individual travelers directly.


2. CITS handle Tibet Permit application for guests who booked Tibet tour package from us. Travelers can either take a tailored private tour or join in a group tour. The tour package should include services of tour guide, automobile, sightseeing & accommodation. Please be advised that we do NOT offer “permit-only” service.


3. The Tibet Permit needs to be applied at least 20 days prior to arrival in Tibet, so we suggest travelers send the tour inquiry at least 30 days in advance.


4. The general travel information (including tour dates, travelers’ personal information, destinations in Tibet…) will be attached to the Tibet Permit, so the travel itinerary could not be changed once the tour is confirmed.


5. All travelers can get Tibet Permit through an authorized travel agency except diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.


How to book a Tibet tour with Tibet Travel Permit:


Step1: Traveler sends a travel inquiry to CITS.


Step 2: CITS travel counselor sends you an itinerary and quote. We are pleased to make any changes as per your request before you are completely satisfied with the tour proposal.


Step 3: Book the tour and make the payment via bank transfer or PayPal. Payment needs to be received by us at least 20 days before your arrival.


Step 4: Send us the following document & information:

- A scanned copy of your passport (photo page);

- A scanned copy of your China visa (tourist visa);

- All travelers’ information including full names, gender, date of birth, passport number, nationality and occupation;


Step 5: Your travel counselors will confirm the tour and send you an email attached with the confirmation & voucher.


Step 6: When you leave for Lhasa you will need to show the original copy of the Tibet permit when checking in at the airport or railway station. The permit will be delivered to our local office in the departure city. You will need to pick it up from the local office. If you booked the land service at that city, our guide will pass the permit to you.

Tour Includes :

-- Private tour guide

-- Private air-conditioned car or coach

-- Land transfers between airport or railway station and hotel

-- Entrance tickets as listed

-- Chinese lunch and dinner as listed

-- Centrally located hotels with breakfast

-- Tibet Travel Permit

-- Service charge & government taxes

Tour Excludes :

-- Flight or train ticket

-- Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills, optional activities

-- Tips for guides and drivers

-- China Visa

-- Travel insurance

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